Jeans: one woman’s lament

Once upon a time, I could walk into The Gap, pull a pair of jeans off the shelf, and walk out without having to try them on (uh, after paying for them, that is).

Then, one day, they stopped making relax fit, or classically relaxed, or whatever it was. The only things on the shelves were these ultra-straight jeans (this was before the low-rise craze). Apparently, the fine people in The Gap marketing department believed women were built like planks of plywood.

At this point, I discovered Eddie Bauer had jeans that fit me. They also had flat front khakis that I could pull off the rack and not have to try on (well, more than once, of course). At the time, I worked at a place where business causal did not equal jeans. (In fact, you got “talked to” if you wore jeans to work.)

Then, I walked into Eddie Bauer one day and discovered they totally redid their jeans/pants line into one that included five different styles. A style to fit every woman, the advertisement proclaimed, with much fanfare and self congratulation.

Every woman, that was, except me. I tried every single style. They fit poorly and felt crappy. Jeans have to look good, but they really should feel good. That’s the whole point.

J. Jill to the rescue. Their “tried and true” fit was just that. I could buy and not need to worry. The inseam was a touch longer, which was nice, since I have long legs.

Friday, I walked into the J. Jill in the mall. Being cautious, I decided to try on the jeans–just in case. Plus the sales women were looking at me strangely. What? A woman in Dr. Martens can’t shop at J. Jill? Just watch me.

 Tried and true? Eh, not so much. Sometime while I wasn’t looking, they modified the design.

But I really needed jeans. So, I tried The Gap. They have something called “curvy” fit now. It’s okay. But I’m not spending that much money on something I feel meh about.

I trudged on over to Eddie Bauer. Apparently, someone in their marketing department got a clue. They now have something called “shaped fit” jeans, one size smaller in the waist than in the hips.

This, people, is what I’ve been looking for. All. My. Life. Finally, someone in the clothing industry who realized that no, my waist is not the same size as my hips. The only time my waist was the same size/bigger was when I was pregnant. And I don’t think that counts.

 I sucked it up and bought four pair–yes, I needed jeans that badly. Two straight leg, long (so sweet–fits in waist and in leg), and two with the boot cut, one in black. Admittedly, the waist still puckers, just a bit. But I can deal. Plus, they are so comfortable.

So, for the time being, I have jeans.

Merry Christmas to me.


Filed under Clothes, Misc

5 responses to “Jeans: one woman’s lament

  1. I have the opposite problem — no waistline. And I HATE hip-huggers/flares with an all-consuming passion that borders on utter detestation.

    So, when I find something that fits in my waist, the butt and legs are baggy beyond belief. Conversely, if it fits my butt and legs? I have to unbutton the top button of the jeans. Additionally, I have very long legs, so have to buy “tall” jeans, or they end up looking like capris.

    One question: why can’t they make womens jeans like they do mens? Match the waist size and the inseam and it’s all good??


    Hmmm… wonder if I could start a business for women with pants done in such a way….

    wanders away thinking…

  2. I hate, hate, hate jean shopping. Once upon a time I could do what you did and not even try them on. Then I had a kid.

    I have the same problem as Marianne- no waist. And I have no butt.

  3. My husband has been buying the same pair of pants for the last 20 years, and all his shirts come from The Territory Ahead. And I’ve never seen an article of men’s clothing that doesn’t have pockets.

    Don’t get me started on the differences between men’s & women’s clothing.

    Whenever I find a pair of jeans that fits, I always buy at least three or four pairs at once in hopes of forestalling the next shopping torture. Unfortunately, the other day, I noticed that my latest purchases (three years ago!) are starting to fall apart.

    Sigh. It looks like a trip to the mall is in my near future.

  4. And what’s this? You have a waistline? I’m jealous!

  5. Mary

    For awhile, Ralph Lauren jeans were the only ones that fit, but then they changed them and I had to start buying them off eBay. Yeah, most still had tags.

    Then Chadwicks made some this year. They’re stretchy (but not too) and are as comfortable as my yoga pants. I bought 3 pair. Love Love Love them.

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